Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections: People with and Without Disabilities Together at Mealtime

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Paul H. Brookes Pub., 2005 - Education - 280 pages
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Mealtimes are about much more than the physical act of eating -- they're also about enjoying the company of others, nourishing human connections, and participating in a meaningful social ritual. But sometimes, people with disabilities miss out on these essential aspects of dining. Parents, friends, and human services professionals can change that with this warm and engaging guide to fostering pleasurable, fully inclusive mealtimes for people with disabilities. Developed by family members who consulted with a nutritionist, human services workers, educators, and people with disabilities and their families, this practical handbook helps readers support individuals as they choose what, where, when, and how they eat. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of what dining can mean and will learn how to give people with disabilities the guidance they need to

  • make the most of the social opportunities mealtimes provide
  • make informed decisions about what foods to eat and communicate their choices
  • connect with family, friends and neighbors during mealtime
  • prepare meals, with the help of simple, fully illustrated recipes complete with nutritional information (with facts provided by a licensed nutritionist)

With this easy-to-use book, enhanced with evocative poems, personal stories and photographs from individuals and families around the world, readers will enjoy meaningful and inclusive mealtimes with people who have disabilities.

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About the author (2005)

Karin Melberg Schwier is an author and illustrator whose most noted works are about people with intellectual disabilities. She has received awards for her writing from the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Down Syndrome Congress, among others. Some of her most recent publications include the illustrated children's book Idea Man (Diverse City Press, 1997), winner of the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild children's literature award: Couples with Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Living and Loving (Woodbine House, 1994), winner of the CACL award in its first year of release and, in 1995, winner of the Joan Kershaw Publications Award from the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children; Keith Edward's Different Day, an illustrated children's story about individual differences (Impact Publishers, 1992; The Roeher Institute, 1988); and Speakeasy: People with Mental Handicaps Talk About Their Lives in Institutions and in the Community (PRO-ED, 1990). She produces a provincial magazine, Dialect, for the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, and advocacy magazine for people with intellectual disabilities. She is a member of the national editorial board of entourage, a magazine published by the CACL. She is working on her first novel, in which the main character has an intellectual disability. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, with her husband, Richard, a professor of education. They have two sons and a daughter: Jim, 25, Erin, 23, and Ben, 19.

Erin Schwier Stewart received a master's degree in occupational therapy from USC in 2002 and a bachelor of science degree from San Diego State University in 1999. She has a particular interest in disability advocacy in health policy. Currently a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice, she is also a senior policy fellow and occupational therapist at the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions, Western university of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. She is the sister of a young man with an intellectual disability. Erin lives in San Diego with her husband, Michael Stewart, who is in law enforcement, and their beagle, Nickels, who enjoys plastic sausages.

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